Life of Blessings
The Supporting Blessings
To have a good education
To support our parents
This group of blessings relate to our preparations for adult and family life and are the factors necessary for a successful, balanced and wholesome material life. Having these Supporting Blessings allows for further progress towards higher ideals.
This refers to both a general as well as a moral education. A good general education is essential for our material welfare and a good moral education, such as learning the Buddha’s teachings, is important for our spiritual welfare.
We must be able to support ourselves and our family and in order to do so, we have to be able to earn a decent living. We must have the necessary skills and qualifications and apply them properly to our work. Being able to earn a proper living, and not having to struggle to survive or resort to dishonesty or crime, is essential for both material and spiritual advancement.
Observing the Five
Precepts strengthens our resolve and ability to avoid immoral and harmful
actions. Following such a
code of discipline will keep us from the trouble and difficulties that
such negative actions eventually bring.
To practice pleasant speech
Speech is our main form of interaction with others in society. If we were to always lie, gossip, scold or speak ill of others, we will have many enemies and people will dislike and distrust us. This will hinder greatly the material and spiritual progress we hope to achieve. We should thus always speak what is true, meaningful, pleasant and beneficial for the good of ourselves and others too.
Our parents brought us into this world and cared for us from birth. It is only the most heartless and uncaring individuals who will not help their own parents. We must show gratitude by supporting them materially and physically when it is required, and by always returning their love and care. The Buddha said that the only way we can ever fully repay our parents is to share and encourage them to practice the Dhamma.
Although this seems obvious enough, there are people who do not fulfil this basic duty towards their families. We must support and remain faithful to our spouse, and provide for our children with material needs, parental support and a good education. This would include the crucial duty of teaching them the Dhamma for their own long-lasting peace and happiness. Taking proper care of our family means that we have a household with peace and harmony and is another important factor necessary for spiritual development.
to the Noble Eightfold Path, we should avoid occupations that involve
killing, the sale of animal flesh, the trading of humans, weapons, poisons
and intoxicants. Occupations
which are unethical, immoral and illegal should also be avoided.
Engaging in any work which causes harm to others will never allow
anyone the true peace of mind essential for spiritual development.
It is thus a great blessing if we can earn a living by means which
are free from unwholesome activities.